After you view “Field of Dreams,” (and/or the 50 years of film assignment) address the following sections, and load your reflections onto your personal film blog by the due date (SEPT. 15, 11:59 PM for “Field of Dreams” & September 22. 11:59 pm for “50-Years of Film”).
The grading rubric is available here blake-snyder-evaluation-rubric
*When dissecting Field of Dreams (800 -100 words) and/or the 50 years of film (600-800 words) – use the following outline to help you answer key questions about the film. There is no particular review-writing format required at this particular time; just make sure you’re able to address the sections:
Part I – Reflections and Interpretations:
- Describe the story – summary (synopsis). Don’t tell everything. Offer the highlights and overview only. Brevity is key here; capture the synopsis of the film, not each scene. Try to keep this to a paragraph. That may be tougher than you think.
- Don’t forget to mention the inciting incident somewhere in your summary.
- What was the story question?
- What approach does the author take –what genre (Comedy, Drama, Action, Family, Animation, Adventure, etc.) – or is it a combination of several? Explain why you feel this way?
- Does the story seek to entertain or is there a deeper meaning (or both)? If there is a deeper meaning, what is the message? Did the story feel complete?
Why is this story considered worthy of award recognition?
- Did the film follow the Freytag Pyramid Story Structure?
- Blake Snyder identifies this story genre as ‘Out of the Bottle.’ Defined that as the proper story-genre for “Field of Dreams” or defend that it can be in another category.
- Discuss the impact of the characters.
- What literary hero best represents the protagonist(s)?
- Think about character arc when evaluating.
- Where the characters round? Flat? Dynamic? Static?
Part II – Author’s intent and focus. Which one of the following was the most important aspect for you? Why? (Sometimes there may be more than one).
- Focus on Plot – the Story.
- Focus on Emotional effect or mood (does the story seek mainly to convey or elicit emotions – sadness, joy, anger).
- Focus on Character.
- Focus on style or Texture – (unique style in writing or conveying mood, overly figurative language, is it written to convey language of a certain time or place, strong symbolism, etc.).
- Focus on ideas – (the story tries to convey a moral or social statement or message. Human nature, coming of age stories, human relationships, politics). These stories are meant to leave a lasting impression.
Part III – Explore the Character Conflicts – examine why they are important
(All stories have a character conflict – it is this conflict that should drive the story)
- Man vs. Man (Characters against characters)
- Man vs. Nature (do characters faces storms, earthquakes, tornados, natural disasters, etc?).
- Man vs. Himself (internal battles & struggles with one’s feelings, desires, physical or mental limitations, etc).
- Man vs. Society (battles with culture, education, politics).
- Man vs. The Unknown or Supernatural (any unknown future, enemy, situation, feelings, etc.).
- Man vs. God/Religion (battles and struggles with one’s understanding and/or relationship to religion, God and/or figures representing religion).
- Man vs. Machine (or technology) – (when mankind battles the power of technology and that results in machine taking on or taking over for man).
Part IV – Personal Response and Recommendations (combines reflections and interpretations with ‘how the movie made you feel’)
- What are the weakest and strongest points to the story?
- Does the story succeed or fail? Why do you think so? (Did it make you laugh? Did it make you cry? Did it scare you?)
- What are your overall personal reactions to the story (if you haven’t already answered this above)?
- Who is this story’s appropriate audience (families, children, adults, men, women, college educated, foreign culture, etc.)?
- If you gave it a report card grade –what would that grade be? Make sure the grade matches your evaluation.